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I Estoriå-ta...

As part of the Guam Preservation Trust’s vision and mission to make historic preservation a community responsibility, we have collaborated with the Richard and Julia Moe Family Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Guam Department of Education CHamoru Studies and Special Projects Division to create the first ever Ekungok i Estoriå-ta (Listen to Our Stories) project.

 

As all historic sites have the treasured stories behind them, the goal of this project is to bridge CHamoru culture and historic sites place based learning to be taught in the CHamoru language as a means to perpetuate the native language of Guam and the Marianas. As the CHamoru language was said to be primarily passed down orally, to add an innovative way to transmit the story, it was thought that this may be the method of teaching the site and reinforcing the lessons by teaching the site using songs in the CHamoru language.

 

To meet these goals and objectives, the inaugural group of teachers received training in history methods during the Summer of 2019 which exposed them to conduct original research on their respective site. These teachers then created a narrative, aligned the subject matter into CHamoru language curriculum standards and created lesson plans and sample activities for in-class and at the site. The musical talent found within the staff of the Guam Preservation Trust used the narratives written by the CHamoru language teachers and original songs and melodies were created and then returned to the CHamoru language teachers to further teach the language to their students.

 

Finally, the initial core group of CHamoru language teachers will be then tasked to teach the remaining CHamoru language teachers using digital tools created by the project including DVDs, video, and on-line resources. Indeed, the goal to have many future student and teacher generations to teach about Guam’s historic sites using the CHamoru language and to have them transmit that knowledge to the entire community.

First Series (2020)

 

Lesson Plan Authors

 

Acho’ Fouha

Humåtak

Tinige’ Garcia B.W. Rodriguez

 

Kampanayon Malesso’
Malesso'

Tinige’ Rufina Mendiola

 

Fuerte Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
yan i Sengsong Humatak

Humåtak

Tinige’ Mae Nowell

 

Guma’ Kongresu/Liheslaturan Guahan

Hagåtña

Tinige’ Rufina Mendiola

Guma’ Jose Pangelinan Lujan

Hagåtña

Tinige’ Julie Taitague Garcia

 

I Sengsong Litekyan

Ritidian/Yigo 

Tinige’ Maria Agulto

 

Kombento gi iya Malesso’
Malesso'

Tinige’ Julie Taitague Garcia

 

Påle’ Diego Luis de San Vitores

Tumon

Tinige’ Grace Rodriguez

 

Plåsa de Espåña

Hagåtña

Tinige’ Barbara Manibusan

 

I Sengsong Inalahan gi iya Guahan

Inalåhan

Tinige’ Julie Taitague Garcia

The Stories in Song

 

Vocals, lyrics, and music composed by:

Jesse Bais & Ruby Santos;

Studio Engineer & Music Arranger:
Zachary Quinata;

Musicians: Zachary Quinata, Kameron Quinata,
Les Aquiningoc, Ruby Santos, and Jesse Bais;

Mastered by: Roberto Aguon

Recorded September 2020 at the
Historic Lujan House.

Cultural Dancers

 

Guma’ Rasan Åcho Latte

Fafana’gue Brian (BJ) Terlaje

Dancers:

Jessi-Hannah Mendiola, Rita Taitague, Kimberly Mendiola, Tiara Treltas, Ashley Paulino,
Maria Taianao, Rita Taitague, Ella Balajadia, Jeanisha Salas, Amaya Griffin, Marlay Quidachay, Julie Quidachay

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Instructor & Choreographer: Suemalee Quinata; Dancers:

Suemalee Quinata, Lea Quinata Torres,
Leah Quinata Torres, Lyla Quinata Torres

 

EIE Educators

Second Series (2021)

 

Lesson Plan Authors

 

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral

Hagåtña

Tinige': Grace Rodriguez

Tollai Acho'

Hagåtña

Tinige': Bertilia Yamasta

Kastiyon Santa Agueda

Hagåtña

Tinige': Ewy Taitano

Tollai Talaifak

Hågat

Tinige: Coleen Roberto Dirige

Laibirihan Sanhiyong Humatak

Humåtak

Tinige': Rufina Mendiola

Guma' Yu'os San Dionisio

Humåtak

Tinige': Marie Agulto

Eskuelan Francisco Q. Sanchez Ilimentariu

Humåtak

Tinige': Sumalee Quinata

Eskuelan Merlyn G. Cook

Malesso

Tinige': Nicole Pinaula

Guma' Yu'os San Jose

Inalåhan

Tinige': Julie Garcia

Hotnu Sanhiyong

Tinige': Bernadette Aldan

 

 

The Stories in Song

 

Vocals, lyrics, and music composed by:

Jesse Bais & Ruby Santos;

Additional Vocals by:

Emma Marques, Jasper Marques,
Amelie Tenorio, and Tobias Tenorio;

Studio Engineer & Music Arranger:
Zachary Quinata;

Musicians: Zachary Quinata, Kameron Quinata,
Les Aquiningoc, Ruby Santos, and Jesse Bais;

Mastered by: Roberto Aguon

Recorded June-July 2021.

Cultural Dancers

 

Guma’ Rasan Åcho Latte

Fafana’gue Brian (BJ) Terlaje

Dancers:

Dancers Mia Cruz, Mayla Cruz, Rita Taitague,
Amaya Griffin, Tiara Treltas, Jeanisha Salas

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Instructor & Choreographer: Suemalee Quinata; Dancers:

Suemalee Quinata, Lea Quinata Torres,
Leah Quinata Torres, Lyla Quinata Torres

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Guma’ I Mañe’lo

Instructor: Luke Tedtaotao;

Dancers: Crysandra Salas, Tasi Maiden,
Charsey Taitano, Eliza Manglona

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Guma’ Nina’en Åcho’ Latte

Fafana’gue Raymond Lujan;

Dancers: Logan Duenas, Kaden Duenas,
Ha’Ani Duenas, Eliza Manglona

All Videos Produced by PBS Guam

Ekungok i Estoriå-ta is a Guam Preservation Trust project in partnership with the Guam Department of Education CHamoru Studies and Special Projects Division, and PBS Guam.

Financial support for this project is provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Richard & Julia Moe Family Fund, Guam Preservation Trust, Humanities Guåhan, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act, the Guam Economic Development Authority Qualifying Certificate Community Contributor Grant Program: The Tsubaki Tower, and Guam Regional Medical City.

 

Any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of Humanities Guåhan or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Project Management

Guam Preservation Trust

 

Project Creator & Manager:
Andrew Tenorio

Program Officer

 

Finance, Music & Dance Coordinator:

Ruby Santos

Administrative Service Coordinator

 

History Methods Course Instructor:

Joe Quinata

Chief Program Officer

 

Web, Lesson Plan, and Consumables Designer:

Larry Borja

Development Officer

Guma’ Nina’en Åcho’ Latte
Guma’ I Mañe’lo
History Methods Course
History Methods Course 2019-2021